Paragliders soar above Draper as Lone Peak looms in the background on Tuesday. According to the city’s website, favorable wind patterns make Draper’s Point of the Mountain one of the best gliding locations in the world. According to, paragliding is similar to hang gliding, but there are important differences. Hang gliders typically have an aluminum frame with a V-shaped wing. Paragliders have no frame, and the wing is an elliptical-shaped parachute that folds up to the size of a backpack when it’s not being used. These features make paragliders considerably lighter and more convenient to transport than hang gliders.

Paragliders soar in the evening light above Draper on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. | Steve Griffin, Deseret News